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2020 Houston SCBWI Virtual Conference Opportunites

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Our conference bookstore is going online in 2020! Books will be available to purchase through a special online store from Houston’s own Blue Willow Bookshop. The store will include books written and recommended by our faculty, those written and illustrated by our local members, and a selection of books on craft! Purchases can be shipped directly to your home or will be available for curb-side pickup.
Independent bookstores have struggled during the pandemic. Please use this opportunity to support a beloved Houston institution by making purchases directly from Blue Willow Bookshop.

A link to the bookstore will be provided closer to the conference date. 

Who Qualifies
You may list one (1) book in the conference bookstore if you are a traditionally published author or illustrator who:
1. Is a current member of SCBWI,

2. Lives within the Houston SCBWI Region, and

3. Is Attending the Houston SCBWI 2020 Conference
How to Participate
If you qualify, please fill out this form. All forms must be submitted by midnight CST on Monday, August 31, 2020. Forms received after August 31, 2020, will not be considered.
In order to promote our independently and self-published authors and illustrators, Houston SCBWI will be hosting a page on our conference website to showcase their work!  (Self-published books often do not have an ISBNs.) There, authors and illustrators can display an image (headshot or book cover)  as well as a link to their professional website and the storefront of their choice.

Who Qualifies
Independent and self-published authors and illustrators who:
1. Are current members of SCBWI,

2. Live within the Houston SCBWI Region, and

3. Are attending the Houston SCBWI 2020 Conference.

How to Participate
If you qualify, please fill out this form. All forms must be submitted by midnight CST on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Forms received after September 13, 2020, will not be considered.


A Silent Auction will be hosted online during the conference weekend. The auction raises money benefitting the Houston SCBWI Award Fund, which supports our Conference Awards (The Gulf Coast Community Award and The Voices Rising Award), as well as our new Professional Development Award. Houston SCBWI is part of the national nonprofit organization SCBWI.

Bidding will be open to Conference attendees beginning 6:30pm CST Thursday October 1st and ending at 4pm CST Sunday, October 4th. More information on how to participate will be provided as the conference date nears.